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Remembered with roses; QUEEN MOTHER'S 100th BIRTHDAY.

TWO pastel pink roses were planted in the Coventry Cathedral ruins yesterday to honour the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.

Provost John Petty planted the patio roses, named Queen Mother after the nation's favourite grandmother, with a helping hand from Lord Mayor Sheila Collins.

Scores of royal fans gathered to watch the scene, which followed the midday litany of reconciliation.

As he dug in the flowers on the raised beds in the ruins, the provost fondly remembered the Queen Mother's visit in 1990, when she unveiled a plaque in the cathedral to mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the city.

He added: "We decided to plant roses to honour the Queen Mother because we wanted to have something which would grow and live on.

"The Queen Mother is the essence of thoughtfulness and courtesy. When she came to Coventry, she exuded such a warmth for everybody, it was wonderful."

Cllr Collins added: "To reach 100 years of age is no mean achievement. We could not let this day go by without doing something special for the Queen Mother.

"She was very gracious to come to our city, and to plant special pink roses for her is very fitting."

Among those at the service were grandmother Phyllis Wright, aged 82, of Sewall Highway, Wyken, who said: "Every time I go shopping in the city centre, I will pop up here to see how it is getting along."

The Queen Mother roses, which are flying out of the shops as the nation pays tribute, were donated to the cathedral by Russells Nurseries, of Mill Hill, Baginton.
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Author:Diver, Krysia
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 5, 2000
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